Monday, June 30, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
After-words will be selling books June 24, 2014 from 6-7:30 pm at an event in the beautiful gallery at the Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 S. Michigan Avenue on the 22nd floor. This talk and exhibit is free and open to the public. The talk will be by John Comazzi, author of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography.
Balthazar Korab was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1926 and began his architecture education at the Budapest Polytechnic in 1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War.
Due largely to his published photography from his time in the Saarinen office, he began to receive numerous commissions from other architects and eventually opened an independent studio in 1958. In 1964, after only five years in practice, he received the prestigious Gold Medal for the Photography of Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.
Balthazar Korab’s photographs have been exhibited widely in prominent venues such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Centre Canadian d’Architecture in Montreal, The Walker Art Center, The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and The Venice Biennale.
INFLECTED MODERNISM: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab
This exhibition has been assembled under the premise that architecture is re-created through photography, as photographers play a crucial role in the popular and critical dissemination and reception of architecture. While we (designers, educators, historians and consumers of architecture) often ascribe a calculated objectivity to the photographic images of architecture, it is undeniable that our interpretations of the original sources are inflected by the experiences, sensibilities and practices that photographers bring to bear on their subjects. As such, this exhibition comprises a distinctive selection of photographs from the archive of Balthazar Korab, one the most prolific and celebrated photographers of mid-century Modern architecture in the twentieth century.
John Comazzi is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota where he teaches design studios and research seminars at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
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